Let The Good Times Roll, Alabama Getaway-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Stagger Lee, Walkin' Blues, It Must Have Been The Roses, Queen Jane Approximately, Ramble On Rose, Let It Grow Box Of Rain, Victim Or The Crime, Foolish Heart, Looks Like Rain, He's Gone-> Drums-> Space-> I Need A Miracle-> Gimme Some Lovin'-> Morning Dew, E: Black Muddy River
SBD> MC> DAT> CDR> EAC> WAV> SHN; via Nick Scarano; Nick's initial shn set was missing encore- encore track added from previous shn set thanks to DES and Willy- both versions (+/- encore) may circulate
July 3, 2019 Subject:
Yeah, Jerry was awake for a few songs in the 1st set, no others
First, get it out of the way: Healy matrix has great sound
As for the music: Towards the end of "Stagger Lee", Jerry suddenly 'comes to'. The rest of the set is fairly momentous, with "Ramblin Rose" being especially festive.
Then the setbreak happens, and it's back to ho-hum. Jerry doesn't even manage to croak out the first line of "Foolish Heart", etc. So it's on to the "Morning Dew", which is never an unwelcome item, and then it's time to start hoping later shows in this run will find the band in finer fettle...
I try to rate in terms of what the band was doing best during a particular year/era. This show is barely a 3. I am dragged up from a 2 because of the brief flashes of magic in the latter portion of set 1
Overall: I like this audience recording best of the three currently available. Although, I couldn't play Walkin Blues and had to listen to it on oen of the other versions, but that might have just been a quirk. The SBDs of this show are really sweet, but the high quality audience gives some feel for the room, which I think is important for any Dead show, but especially so in MSG.
The scene: None of the Rochester family left in the bus by this time in the tour except me. I gave Ohm a ride from Philly to MSG and we camped in a little park in New Jersey on the night between. These were my first (and only) MSG shows and the only time I'd been there before was for a Ringley Bros. circus when I was like 6 years old and my family lived in Connecticut. I started this night at my seat. A couple of guys came up and told me I was in one of their seats. I showed them my stub, then they laughed and the guy said "no, that's my season ticket seat for the Rangers." A hockey and Dead fan - I'd found a friend! So we chatted for a while, but when the show started I made my way out to the hallway for dancing.
The music: They continue a trend that seemed to start in Philly - really strong first sets. Jerry's voice is pretty torn up, but he puts some nice umph into some of the songs, especially Stagger Lee, Foolish Heart, and Morning Dew. LTGTR>Alabama. I don't think I'd heard that one before, but it's a fun opener. Brent does some really nice piano work during Greatest Story and Stagger Lee. Let it Grow jam is really sweet - not high energy but very interactive and well played. Victim didn't go as far into a creepy jam as it did earlier in this tour and is very ho-hum. The jam is Foolish Heart is pretty nice though. Rest of the second set is good, but nothing noteworthy. Strange to end with two Jerry "ballads." Should have been an upbeat Bobby encore.
January 27, 2008 Subject:
A good , well played, Jerry on fire, buttkicking first set begat a dreary and uninspired second set. I have to wonder what happened to the band during the break. The energy level just drops like a stone. Jerry's playing is strong throughout but there are no really good jams and the band sounds rushed and perfunctory. You get the impression they just want to get it over with. Still not bad though, especially due to the "Alabama" and "Stagger Lee" in the first set.
Its a good Roll, i think Alpine '89 was sick. We found my buddy kenny who we had lost in a gas station 80 miles away from the venue. He didn't know his name but he good shut up about the opening song. Either way, we let the good times roll.
April 27, 2005 Subject:
I haven't listned to the whole show yet so I won't comment on the performance , but 5 stars for sound quality.